“Follow” or “Friend” Red Cross for the Latest Safety Tips

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter is using twitter and facebook as another way to communicate to the public safety tips and updates on our programs and services.

To “follow” Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communcations director for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter searc h for “jweyers2” on twitter.

“Friend” the Lakeland Chapter on Facebook, search for “Red Cross Lakeland Chapter”

Check out the following news story on WBAY on how social media is playing a role in updating information regarding the winter storms.  Click here for news story.

Text version of story:

Snow Storm has Organizations All A-Twitter

By Kristin Byrne

Police departments, schools, and businesses in our area are turning to the Internet to keep the public prepared and safe during this snow storm.

The “tweets” on Twitter are all about this blizzard hitting Northeast Wisconsin.

UW-Fox Valley is telling students what to do if classes are canceled. Fond du Lac police are tweeting followers about what kind of weather to expect.

Law enforcement agencies credit social networking sites for keeping the public safe during a snow storm.

“We’ll give updates as we get them, and we’ll give safety tips — the usual ones for every year: Slow down; plan ahead; take some extra time, you know; if you don’t have to go out, don’t; stay home,” Lieutenant Jim Runge, Green Bay Police Department, said.

Organizations like the American Red Cross are updating social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, too.

The Red Cross Lakeland Chapter says it tweeted several times Tuesday. One reminded people to keep a blanket, a supply kit with snacks, and a shovel in your car during a snow storm.

“This is another tool we can utilize that people can read it and those who are following my account can repost it or retweet it to other individuals for those winter safety tips,” Jody Weyers of the Red Cross said.

Postings that can be pretty useful when you’re dealing with a monster of a storm.

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